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How to Visit Bruges in a Day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Believe it or not, you can see the sights of Bruges in one unforgettable day!

Bruges at SunsetImage: dawvon

Bruges is a really fascinating and vibrant place which truly merits a visit from any discerning sightseer! But what if you only have the one day to visit it in? Perhaps you are just passing through Bruges, and only have a day to enjoy its sights?  Whatever your reasons for wanting to visit Bruges in a day, rest assured that if you follow our advice, that day will be the most fabulous day of your life!

Whether you’re arriving in Bruges the night before or getting there early morning, you’re going to need some fuel for your day ahead. Why not combine breakfast with sightseeing and get yourself a coffee or hot chocolate and a traditional Belgian waffle with fruit, ice cream, or chocolate sauce (to name but three of the plethora of available toppings) at one of the stalls in Bruges’ famous markets. That way, you can munch on your delicious breakfast as you stroll through the historic market squares. Bruges’ main market square is surrounded by historic medieval buildings, offers a variety of culinary treats and gifts, is conveniently located in the centre of the city, and provides an excellent base from which to begin your explorations. In addition, in the Christmas season, enchanting Christmas markets are open to all!

Either side of lunch, you can certainly manage to visit at least two or three museums. The Groeningemuseum hosts a vast array of stunning art collections, from early Flemish art to modern art. You can nip from there to the chocolate museum, where fascinating information about the history of chocolate is provided by friendly guides, and of course, plenty of samples are on offer! You could also climb up the Belfry and enjoy a panoramic view over Bruges, or spend an hour or two in the Arts and Popular Traditions Museum. Bruges also has a number of slightly more weird and wonderful museums. For instance, chip lovers may well find the brilliant Bruges Chip Museum is to their taste. This museum is also good for the time-pressed traveller as it includes a cafe (serving, of course, a wide variety of delectable chip-based dishes), so that you can combine lunch or dinner with your museum visit if you wish.

Alternatively, your lunch and dinner will be amply catered for in the breathtaking cafes and restaurants available in Bruges. From ancient Flemish inns to modern cuisine, you are sure to find some delicious meals, whatever your pocket. After dinner, why not take in a concert or play to round off your day? Bruges has a number of cultural venues for these purposes, so you really can take your pick. The beautiful nineteenth-century Royal City Theatre and the Concertgebouw (or Concert Hall) are the biggest, and the performances put on in these venues never fail to inspire and delight!

Bruges Hotels

Flanders Hotel - RoomFlanders Hotel
Average Price: €84
Average Rating: 9.0

Ter reien - RoomTer Reien
Average Price: €49
Average Rating: 8.7

Hotel Albert I - RoomHotel Albert I
Average Price: €86
Average Rating: 9.0

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  1. Alexander says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 05:23

    No doubt Bruges should be on any visitor’s checklist when going to Belgium. But another nearby gem to discover is definitely Ypres. It thrived in the same era as Bruges did and by consequence has the similar amazing architecture. But on top of that, this charming city is famous for being the epi-centre of the first world war and that would be another reason why Ypres would leave a lasting impression on you.

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